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Sunday, October 23, 2016

ITIC Warning for Surveyors on Indemnities and Waivers

The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has warned its surveyor members, wherever possible, not to sign indemnities or waivers before they have been authorized by the shipowner to board a vessel. And, in the event that this proves to be impossible, they should sign only a wording authorized by ITIC. Writing in the latest edition of its annual publication, The Intermediary, ITIC warns that the surveyor may be asked to sign a disclaimer or waiver of all his rights to claim or sue against the shipowner and its servants and agents should he have any cause to do so. In that event, says ITIC, the surveyor should remember that, under English law (The Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977), parties cannot exclude or limit their liability for death or personal injury.

Regs4ships Surveyors Approved to Rep Malta

On Monday 5 December 2011, Regs4ships Limited Senior Surveyor Mark Robinson and Surveyor Robert Aldous were officially appointed as government ship surveyors for Transport Malta (Maritime). Now officially recognized, Mark and Rob can  conduct flag-in surveys as well as perform flag state inspections and annual surveys for all Maltese registered vessels, regardless of size. Our two experienced flag state surveyors have been, and are continuing to, work with the  Marshall Islands and Cook Islands administrations and are highly adept at helping their clients achieve requirements through a quick, professional and personal service. Mark Robinson…

Marine Surveyors at Peril, Unless ...

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Having an excellent set of Standard Terms and Conditions (Terms) in your desk drawer or on your website, is all very well, but unless you have incorporated them into your dealings with your client, they will not form part of your legal relationship with your client and you will not be able to rely on the terms should a dispute arise. It is therefore very important that you incorporate your Terms into your dealings, advises intermediaries professional indemnity insurer ITIC. In the latest issue of its Claim Review…

New Chief Surveyor at GL

Germanischer Lloyd's (GL) new Chief Surveyor is Norbert Kray (42). He will be taking on the professional support of the classification society's 1,000 surveyors in over 77 countries. In future, the qualified naval architect and marine technology expert will appoint new technical surveyors, monitor their work and further develop new rules for the construction and operation of ships. to Germanischer Lloyd in 1997. and Repair Management. of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). Emergency Response Service (ERS). registered vessels.

National Domestic Surveyor Accreditation in place


Domestic marine surveyors will now be accredited under a national system run by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). The Domestic Surveyor Accreditation Scheme came into effect on January 2. AMSA standards manager Adam Brancher said the scheme would ensure people are competent to conduct and provide survey reports for domestic commercial vessels under the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 across Australia. “For the first time in Australia, domestic commercial vessel surveyors will now operate under a single consistent arrangement,” Mr Brancher said.

ABS Appoints New Divisional Lead Surveyors

In a move designed to further strengthen its field survey staff, ABS has created a new divisional lead surveyor position in each of the classification society’s Divisional headquarters, serving the Americas, Europe and the Pacific region. Frank Drake, a 26- year-veteran of ABS, has been appointed ABS Americas Divisional Lead Surveyor. His vast field experience, combined with his most recent assignment to ABS Consulting’s SafeHull Condition Assessment Program or CAP, positions him to oversee and provide support to the more than 180 ABS field surveyors assigned to ports in the US, Canada, Mexico and Central and South America. Drake earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering and Technology from Mississippi State University.

Riva to Serve as ABS Chief Surveyor

Joe Riva

ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki announced the appointment of Joseph "Joe" Riva to the position of ABS Vice President and Chief Surveyor. This role is responsible for guiding and overseeing all ABS survey activities, applying a strong knowledge of ABS Rules and Guides and international regulations to create consistency and quality in service delivery. Riva will succeed Linwood "Lenny" Pendexter, who has held the position for ten years. Riva brings tremendous experience to this role, having previously served as Assistant Chief Surveyor for the ABS Americas and ABS Europe Divisions.

New Checklists Improve Speed and Accuracy of ABS Survey

An enhancement to the survey services ABS offers to clients has been effected with the introduction of electronically prepared, vessel type-specific, dynamic checklists for surveys of ABS-classed vessels. The new checklists are generated for the attending surveyor at the time the survey is ordered. As they are composed in real-time, they include the most up-to-date information contained in the survey record with respect to the vessel. They are also specifically tailored to the type of vessel and to the specific survey or audit that is to be carried out. “This is a major step forward in terms of speed, efficiency, accuracy and transparency of the survey process,” says ABS Chief Surveyor Lenny Pendexter.

SUNY Maritime Announces 2005 Schedule

The SUNY Maritime College Department of Continuing Education has released its 2005 schedule for on-line Marine Surveying courses. This series of courses includes subjects such as hull and cargo surveying, container damage, hatch surveys, yacht surveying and a component on the Business of Surveying which includes subjects such as report writing and marine insurance. The series of courses has been approved by the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) as qualifying for continuing education credits. This on-line program can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection allowing students to work at their own pace from almost anywhere in the world.

Marine Warranty Surveyors Association Launched

On Thursday 25 April 2013, at Lloyd’s of London, a new professional body, the International Association of Marine Warranty Surveyors (IAMWS), was formally launched. Approximately 120 representatives from the energy insurance market together with brokers and oil company representatives attended a seminar to announce the aims and objectives of the new association. This new body will assess and provide accreditation to practicing marine warranty surveyors from across the world to ensure they operate to an acknowledged minimum professional standard and code of ethics. The benefits of a common standard have increasingly been discussed by the offshore oil and gas industry, and IAMWS has been created to promote a consistent and robust level of service.

U.K. Detains Tanker

The single hulled oil tanker, Arendal, loaded with 106,000 tonnes of crude oil was detained at Sullom Voe in Shetland after deficiencies were found by a Maritime and Coastguard Surveyor during his inspection of the vessel. The Arendal is a Norwegian registered oil tanker, 235 m in length that belongs to Arendal Holdings in Norway. Initially, members of the crew contacted the owners of the vessel in Norway, after finding cracks in the vessel. The owners then requested a Classification Society Surveyor from Sweden to go to Shetland to inspect their tanker. He discovered cracking on deck in way of No 3 starboard water ballast tank. The…

Patiño Joins Salvage Association

Ricardo Patiño, a marine engineer surveyor, has joined the Salvage Association, and will now be based at the Panama Canal. Patiño studied at South Shields Marine & Technical College, obtaining a first-class honours degree in mechanical engineering at Sunderland University. After seagoing service with BP, Wallem and Swire Pacific, he worked in his native Panama as a Lloyd’s Register surveyor. More recently he has been surveyor and vice president of an independent survey company. SA surveyors serving the US Gulf region and Latin America are located in Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Panama and Santiago (Chile).

Ballard ABS Asst. Chief Surveyor, Naval Programs

ABS veteran surveyor Robert (Bob) Ballard has been named to the position of Assistant Chief Surveyor (ACS) for Naval Programs, a position created last year by the class society to better coordinate the provisions of the specialty survey services demanded by increased naval activity. Since the introduction of its Rules for Building and Classing Naval Vessels (NVRs) ABS has seen a growing volume of newbuilding activity to ABS class standards by the US Navy. Ballard will oversee the training of ABS survey staff in naval procedures and survey techniques. Ballard has nearly 20 years of survey experience having worked in various port offices in the US and Canada.

ABS Elects Pendexter Senior VP

ABS announced the election of Linwood (Lenny) Pendexter to the position of Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Surveyor by the ABS Board of Directors at a recent meeting in New York. Pendexter has been an active advocate for maritime safety throughout his career. He currently serves as the classification society’s Chief Surveyor, overseeing a global network of more than 1,400 surveyors. He plans to continue stressing the importance  of safety within and outside the organization. “Safety is the heart and soul of ABS and the role ABS plays in the maritime industry,” he says.

ABS Introduces Dynamic Checklists

ABS announced the introduction of electronically prepared, vessel type-specific, dynamic checklists for surveys of ABS-classed vessels. The new checklists are generated for the attending surveyor at the time the survey is ordered. The surveyor is automatically provided with a checklist specific to the type of vessel he or she is attending based on thirteen different parameters that are considered by the system. The dynamic checklist module can produce approximately 600,000 unique checklists from those parameters. And the system does not allow the surveyor to close the survey report without addressing each item on the checklist. The parameters are: Survey Task…

Fugro Expands its Fleet

Fugro is expanding its survey fleet in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) to include a new AUV, Echo Surveyor VII, and a new vessel, R/V Fugro Americas. ““Both these impending launches indicate our strong capabilities and commitment to our clients in the GOM and internationally,” says Melissa Jeansonne, Vice President, Fugro GeoServices, Inc. “Both the Fugro Americas and Echo Surveyor VII will join the current fleet later in the year. We already operate three AUVs in the GoM – one Hugin (Echo Surveyor II), and two Bluefin (Echo Mapper); and our new multi-purpose Fugro Americas vessel enables us to have three vessels capable of operating AUVs in the Americas. AUVs are the ultimate choice of instrument platform for deep sea and remote surveys.

Braemar SA Recruits for the Future

John Walker

Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), announces important new additions to its worldwide team of marine surveyors and consultants, as well as the opening of two new locations. In the New York office, John Walker will be joining Braemar SA as Chief Surveyor, P&I and Legal Services Manager for the Americas, bringing with him experience in marine consultancy at a senior level. Also new to the New York office is Luca Bruga, a naval architect, who will be joining as a Staff Surveyor.

LR Safety Alert: Working Over Water

Safety alert: Working over water – Lloyd’s Register’s Golden Rules and Instructions for health and safety. Applicabilty: Owners, operators, shipyard managers and site controllers. The Lloyd’s Register Group has published a set of Health and Safety Golden Rules which our employees must follow to keep themselves, and those people around them, safe. Some of these Rules, together with our Instructions, are related to working over water, in particular the conduct of boat transfers. We would like to bring these to your attention so you can appreciate the requirements we are placing on our surveyors.

Lloyd's Register Alert: Heightened Attention to Specific Survey Items

Lloyd’s Register (LR) is fully committed to maintaining the quality of its classed fleet. Our surveyors have been working closely with owners and operators to help them better prepare ships for inspections by port state control (PSC), with the aim of reducing the number of deficiencies and detentions. This approach has been successful, as demonstrated by the latest Paris MOU figures for classification societies which show LR moving up to 3rd position overall. LR continues to review…

Lloyd's Register Extends Heightened Attention Surveys

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has a longstanding ‘heightened attention’ initiative where surveyors attending on board LR classed ships give increased attention to areas where the most common PSC deficiencies are identified. LR announced it has decided to continue this heightened attention initiative for a further year. LR’s analysis of PSC detentions shows that ships less than five years old are now more likely to be inspected and detained than before – therefore, the initiative will now apply to ships of all ages. fire safety, fire detection, firefighting equipment and appliances (e.g. cleanliness of accommodation/galley. Ensuring the above items are suitably maintained and remain in a fit and effective condition reduces the potential for a ship being detained by PSC authorities, LR said.

Videotel Launches Flag State Admin System

Videotel launched a new training software program, Videotel webFSA, at IMO STW 44. A sophisticated Flag State Administration Training and Record Management system, Videotel webFSA, provides Member States with the assistance they need to meet the forthcoming IMO requirement for a global quality management system in the implementation and enforcement of Member State obligations and responsibilities relating to maritime transport. Developed in conjunction with the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry…

NAMS to Feature Safety, Security Topics

Marine surveyors and related professionals serving yacht and small craft, hull and machinery, and cargo industries will gather September 28-30 in Vancouver, BC, at The National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) holds its 35th Annual National Marine Conference West. The theme for the conference is Safety and Security. "There's no better time than the present for the marine industry to explore these issues," said NAMS President Ron Reisner. Collision of an Inland River Tow with a Bridge - Part One - Ed Shearer, NAMS-CMS, President & Owner of Shearer & Associates, Inc. Lightering & Salvage of a Capsized Tank Barge - Part Two - Ed Shearer, NAMS-CMS, President & Owner of Shearer & Associates, Inc.

Denmark's New User-friendly Maritime Authority

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Each shipowner is connected with a permanent team of ship surveyors with in-depth knowledge of that company & its special needs. The arrangement was established on the basis of a request from the industry and has since May 2012 been running as an experiment. But due to the positive evaluations, the Danish Maritime Authority decided to make the arrangement permanent. In addition to offering shipowners improved and more efficient service, the intention is to make it easier for new shipowners to set up business in Denmark or to transfer ships to the Danish flag.

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